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Our team

RCOA Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Power has been Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), the national umbrella body for 200 agencies working with refugees and asylum seekers, since 2006.

Communications team

  • Director of Strategy, Communications & Fundraising: Kelly Nicholls (Sydney)
  • Media & Campaigns Coordinator: Laura Stacey (Melbourne)
  • Campaigns & Digital Coordinator: Samuel Dariol (Melbourne)
  • Partnerships & Relationships Manager: Georgie McGrillen (Sydney)

Policy team

  • Director of Policy – Rebecca Eckard (Melbourne)
  • Senior Policy Officer – Asher Hirsch (Melbourne)
  • Senior Policy Officer – Sahar Okhovat (Sydney)

International and Community Engagement team

  • Policy Officer – Shukufa Tahiri (Sydney)
  • Project Manager: Michelle Ferns (Melbourne)
  • Face to Face Schools Coordinator: Deena Yako (Sydney)

Projects and administration team

  • Office Manager: Rebecca Langton (Sydney)
  • Administration & Fundraising Officer: Rnita Dacho (Sydney)
  • Accounting Officer: Martyn Green (Sydney)
  • General Manager: Effie Mitchell (Sydney) – on secondment to VivCourt

The Refugee Council of Australia has a small staff, based in our offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

Please note that most of our staff work part-time.


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